John Glenn Observatory and Astronomy Park designed as a teaching tool
Lead architect on the John Glenn Observatory and Astronomy Park, Lucia Hoehne, talks with 10TV news about her design of the park and how it will serve as a teaching tool for generations to come.
Named after the first astronaut to orbit the Earth and renowned resident of the Central Ohio area, the John Glenn Observatory and Astronomy Park, located just south of Columbus, Ohio in Hocking Hills, was designed as an educational resource for visitors. Selectively located in Ohio's darkest spot, this park offers an astronomy plaza that is related to the diameter of the sun, said Hoehne. The plaza will also feature various sundials and a celestial fountain, among other astronomical elements. "Large stone towers will frame the views of the sun, highlighting its orientation at different times of the year" explains Kevin Landers of 10TV news.
Hoehne goes on to explain that instead of having a dome-shaped observatory, the John Glenn Observatory will feature a sliding roof to expose it to the entire night sky. The observatory will house multiple telescopes and will be used by The Ohio State University and Ohio Univeristy for research.
Source: "John Glenn Observatory and Astonomy Park to open later this year" by Kevin Landers, 10TV News (Columbus, Ohio)
UPDATE: The John Glenn Observatory was also featured as part of an interview on Channel 10TV's This Saturday Morning show with Julieann Burroughs, President of the Friends of Hocking Hills and Brad Hoehne, amateur astronomer and member of Friends of Hocking Hills. Watch it here